22 Members played during the afternoon in 2 sections to the Schenkel System. Games of 3 ends and 3 stones each per end, moved along quickly with lunch of soup and sandwiches available. The final was a close game between Alex Harvey and Daniel Cowan with Alex the victor. Mrs Taylor presented the Trophy. Many of our newer curlers played and found the experience of playing singles an enjoyable challenge. As do most of us!
The league ran throughout the season; with all our matches now played the winning team is Jim Sellar (skip), David Bain, Russell Shanks and Stuart Brown (who substituted Jimmy Smith). The team was presented with their trophy by Mrs Taylor.
Congratulations to the team for winning a Bronze Medal. The team skipped by Aileen Neilsen was Gregor Euan, Jim Gault, Robert McPherson and Angie Malone – we watched every game with all the highs and lows and a few tears too! Well done, you are great ambassadors of the sport of wheelchair curling.
With the paralympic team away this years competition was wide open and every game was hard fought by eight teams from across the country. Several of the players were competing in their first Championship.
It was an all SLWCC final this year with two teams from our club fighting it out. The team of Alex Harvey, Eddie Fleming, David Bain and David Telfer versus Rosemary Lenton, Bill Masterton, David Wightman and Jim Sellar. Alex and his newly formed team triumphed over the experienced team lead by Rosemary. Congratulations to Alex and his team. Alex made the comment that it was 11 years since he last held the trophy!
Another team from South Lanarkshire Paul Webster, Gordon Rainey, John Doyle and Angela Higson failed to beat off the team of Neil Hogg, Daniel Cowan, Marie Duncan, and Leslie (from Kinross) for 3rd place.
On 20 February 2014 South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club was awarded CLUB OF THE YEAR by South Lanarkshire Disability Sports at a lunch attended by various disability sports clubs and individuals including some of our members. The award was collected on behalf of the club by the 2013 British Open winning team (all members of SLWCC) Paul Webster, Gordon Rainey, John Doyle (absent) and Angela Higson. The Award was given in recognition of our club’s acheivements over the years to promote and encourage members into the sport of wheelchair curling.
At the same ceremony club member ROBERT MCPHERSON received an individual award of Adult Sports Person of the Year. Robert is now in the parapympic squad and is representing Great Britain at Sochi this March.
This year’s Haggis Shoot had 28 members and volunteers shooting for the haggis acccolade. Winner of the final shoot out was Bill Masterton. Our lunch of Haggis, Neeps and Tatties donated by Damn Delicious once again, was enjoyed by all.
The British Open Championships were held at Hamilton Ice Rink last month. Teams from Finland and Russia competed against our own GB squad, Scotland, Wales, England and six other teams from across Scotland. Two teams fro SLWCC entered with last year’s winners Team Webster hoping to put in a good performance. However it was not to be. The team from Finland beat the GB squad in an exciting final. Third place was taken by Russia.
The SLWCC Committee wishes to thank all its members and associates for their support of our club and its activities during 2013. We hope you enjoyed the Christmas Lunch on Monday 16 December which was subsided from funds received. We look forward to seeing everyone back at the rink for our first curling session of 2014 on Monday 6th January @ 12.15pm.
Happy Christmas and a Good New Year.
Best wishes, David Morgan, Chairman
Prague 29/11/13 – 1/12/13
Teams from Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Slovenia, Switzerland and five wheelchair curlers from South Lanarkshire went to Prague to compete in this Tournament. The group was accompanied by husbands and wives and club coach Ian Archer.
Rosemary Lenton, Jim Sellar, Bill Masterton, David Morgan and Angela Higson played 5 games over three days against some of the best European wheelchair curling teams. We rotated our team with one player standing out each game.
In our Section of three teams we won one and lost one. The next round of games was for rankings and we played Italy (draw) and Poland (lost by 2 shots) gaining 8th place out of 12 and on the last day we played Czech 2 for 7/8th place and lost by 2 shots. The competition was well organised and ran smoothly with ice well prepared, refreshments, and suitable transport to and from the airport and from our hotel to the venue.
One evening the group went into central Prague and enjoyed a very good traditional meal and the next evening some of the group went to the old town Christmas market with its traditional Christmas Tree beautifully lit up and stalls. We had a great time and most of all enjoyed the experience of curling in a tournament of this type against top National teams. Would we do it again……YES!
Report by Angela Higson
Bells Final held on 11/11/13
This year it was a close run competition with four pairs in contention for a place in the final – a battle against Masterton & Telfer (last years winners).
The final against Masterton & Telfer and Sellar & Bain was very close. The teams fought right to the lost stone, with only one point separating them. However, Bill and David have played consistently well throughout the competition and are worthy winners for the second year running. Jim and David Bain are a new pairing and David has proved he can play with the best – it is only his second season playing in the club.
The competition on the whole is one of the most enjoyable events and we are grateful to Bells Foods Ltd for their continued sponsorship of the event. Everyone looks forward to the wonderful goodie bags provided and large quantities of pies consumed at the tea afterwards.
Thanks again Bells we love you and your pies!
Report by Angela Higson